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South African National Senior Certificate

The South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) issued with a minimum of 50-59 percent (a score of four), who have completed the following subject requirements (as publicised by UMALUSI– the council for quality assurance in general and further education and training):

  • One Home and another language (at first additional level)*
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation
  • Three subjects selected from Group B – agriculture; culture and arts; business, commerce and management studies; official languages at second additional level and non-official languages; engineering and technology; human and social studies; physical, mathematical, computer and life sciences; services.

Additionally you must achieve:

  • at least 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official home language

How to calculate your score

  • Total results in the best 6 subjects excluding Life Orientation.
  • Bonus points (to a maximum of 2 points) for the following subject scores:
    • English Home Language achievement of Level 6 or above = +1
    • Mathematics achievement of  Level 6 or above = +1
    • Mathematical Literacy achievement of  Level 6 or above = +1

Degree entry requirements

DegreeCourse codeMinimum NSC (or equivalent international qualification required)Subject requirements
Bachelor of Social Science4086 31English Home Language (4)
Bachelor of Business Science4415 31English Home Language (4), Mathematics (4), Mathematical Literacy (5)
Bachelor of Business Science specializing in Accounting**4413 31English Home Language (4), Mathematics (4)
Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences430733English Home Language (4), Mathematics (4), Mathematical Literacy (5)
Bachelor of Public Health4502 31English Home Language (4)
Bachelor of Commerce in Law**3669 31English Home Language (4), Mathematics (4)

** Mathematical Literacy will not be accepted. South African students must have achieved a minimum of 4 in Mathematics in order to major in Accounting in the Bachelor of Business Science and continue studying towards registration as a Chartered Accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Don’t meet the requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the bachelor degree you’d like to study, maybe the Foundation Programme is for you – it bridges the gap between your highest qualification and the academic qualifications accepted by us.

Foundation Programme entry requirements

How to calculate your score

  • Total results in the best 6 subjects excluding Life Orientation.
  • Bonus points (to a maximum of 4 points) for the following subject scores:
    • English Home Language achievement of Level 4 or above = +2
    • Mathematics achievement of  Level 4 or above = +2
    • Mathematical Literacy achievement of  Level 6 or above = +2
StreamCourse codeMinimum NSC (or equivalent) requiredSubject requirements
Social science366421English (3)
Business366423English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Information technology366423English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Health sciences366423English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Law 367523English (3) and Mathematics (3) or Math Literacy (5)
Science 367124English (3) and Mathematics (3)
**Math Literacy will not be accepted

Didn’t study the NSC? You can still apply

If you have studied an international qualification the academic requirements will differ. Be sure to check the requirements before applying.

Contact us

Call the prospective students office on +27 11 950 4009 or send us an email for more information.

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